Alt-J Alt-J

From sticky-floored venues to the Mercury Music Award in just one Awesome album.

Arctic Monkeys Arctic Monkeys

The Alex Turner-led Sheffield four-piece with a way with words and an ear for a killer tune.

Blur 2012 Blur

From baggy hopefuls to Britpop stalwarts, one of the UK's most interesting and entertaining bands.


Shimmering electro-pop trio from Glasgow.

Courteeners 2014 Courteeners

Manchester's finest band of a generation, fronted by the observational lyricist Liam Fray.

Editors 2015 Editors

Dark rock fronted by the charismatic Tom Smith.

Elbow 2012 Elbow

Soaring, anthemic songs, fronted by the charismatic Guy Garvey,

Foals Foals

Jittery and atmospheric post-punk from Oxford.

Foo Fighters 2015 Foo Fighters

Dave Grohl's "other" band blend heavy guitars with delicate melodies and punk attitude.

Ben Howard 2012 Ben Howard

Talented singer-songwriter from Devon, made famous by the acclaimed Communion label.

Ian Curtis of Joy Division Joy Division

Peerless, pioneering post-punk from Manchester, led by the late, great Ian Curtis.

Kasabian Kasabian

Monster Manchester-inspired rock and roll action from the Leicester boys.

The Killers The Killers

Brandon Flowers and his glamorous indie rock and roll.

Kings Of Leon Kings Of Leon

The Followills have achieved world domination with their bluesy stadium rock.

The Libertines The Libertines

Stirring, emotional and very English rock fronted by Pete Doherty and Carl Barat.

Morrissey Morrissey

The frontman from The Smiths carves out an idiosyncratic solo career.

Mumford And Sons Mumford & Sons

Banjos! Waistcoats! Catchy choruses! Welcome to the world of Marcus Mumford and pals.

Muse 2015 Muse

Matt Bellamy's operatic rock trio - from Devon to superstardom in power chords.

Nirvana Nirvana

Kurt Cobain's Nirvana invented grunge, corporate indie-rock and much of the '90s.

Oasis Oasis

The brothers Gallagher - they reinvented British rock in the 1990s to become a world-conquering stadium band.

Radiohead Radiohead

Oxford's finest - how Thom Yorke's men went from Creep to art rock heroes

Royal Blood 2014 Royal Blood

The duo of Mike Kerr and Ben Thatcher produce one of the most incendiary albums of 2014.

Johnny Marr and Morrissey from The Smiths The Smiths

The ground-breaking classic guitar band from Manchester, who reinvented the 1980s.

Stereophonics Stereophonics

Kelly Jones's rejuvenated melodic rockers are back and stronger than ever.

Jamie T 2014 Jamie T

Homegrown alt hip hop from the suburbs of South West London.

The Vaccines 2013 The Vaccines

Raucous, poppy and occasionally insightful indie rock from the London four-piece.

The Wombats 2015 The Wombats

Wry, witty indie-pop from Murph and his Scouse pals.

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